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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Apr-Jun.

Forewing: 17-19mm.

Foodplant: Hazel, Downy and Silver Birch.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded188620071886
Year last recorded201120072011
Number of records921186
Number of individuals1054218
Unique positions541110
Unique locations41184
Adult records801162
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 186 records from 84 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1886.


Barred Umber 2
© Julian Francis
1903 Barred Umber 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on sallow (Salix spp.), birch (Betula spp.) and hazel (Corylus avellana). In Dorset, the moth is very local and essentially a denizen of deciduous woodland, particularly old oak and birch woods. It is seldom encountered outside this habitat.

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